I feel I tend to get the vertical right, but the horizontal too wide, or not wide enough. I guess you could look at it the other way around, but it seems like that to me since I start with the torso which is basically vertical, and then move horizontally to the legs/arms second. I feel like I’m looking and stepping back, but when I’m done it’s holy cow that negative space between the arms is obviously off. LOL.
This reference didn’t have as much contrast as the ones with the gray background, so I tried to make the line that separates darker to avoid muddiness. Is that the right move?